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Public Art for Bancroft Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

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Public Art for Bancroft Elementary School, Washington, D.C.



The Department of General Services (“Department” or “DGS”) is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to engage individual artists and artistic teams (Artist) to respond to this Call to Artists with professional qualifications in addition to a proposal of site-specific artistic capital improvements for the renovation and additions to Bancroft Elementary School, located 1755 Newton Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010 in Ward 1.

Budget: $250,000 total (8 locations)

Deadline: 12/31/2017 5:00 PM Central Time

Eligibility: Professional artists with a minimum of five years of site-specific and/or public art experience. Some categories are restricted to artists from Washington, D.C. or represented by a D.C. gallery. Artists should have demonstrated experience working with community representatives, youth, businesses and government entities. It is also important that if the artist(s) selected for the project actively engage and collaborate with local residents. Artists are allowed to apply in teams. Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.

Budget Description
A)  Staircase Walls – 2 Dimensional – $40,000
B)  West Stair Mezzanine – Dimensional/Suspended – $45,000
C1&C2)  DC Artist Only – Corridor Niche – 2 or 3 Dimensional – $15,000
D1&D2)  2nd Floor – South Stair Lobby – 2 or 3 Dimensional – $15,000
E1)  DC Artist Only – South Lobby Walls – 2 Dimensional – $20,000
E2)  DC Artist Only – Main Stair – 2 Dimensional – $30,000
E3)  DC Artist Only – North Stair Walls – 2 Dimensional – $35,000
F)   North Courtyard – Exterior- $50,000

Total: $250,000

The indicated budget must include ALL artists’ fees and costs associated with design. fabrication, travel, transportation of work to the site, insurance, permits, installation and documentation of the artwork.  Artists shall develop new, original, permanent works of art made specifically for the site.  Please be very specific (referring to Space letter) as which piece(s) of art you are responding to.


Application Requirements

  • Resume: 4 page(s) maximum
  • Work examples: 1 – 10
  • Letter of Interest
  • One Page Letter of Intent (which can be your cover email) stating your interest in and qualifications for the project. Describe in detail the approach to engage the community. Within the letter, outline your past experiences working with communities.

Additional Requirements
Application Form A PDF Form

Selection Process
The selection committee, representing diverse interests and expertise, will review images submitted by artists and recommend (3) three to (5) five Finalists for each project. Each Finalist will be awarded a $500 honorarium to create a site-specific design proposal that would include a scale model or rendering, an itemized budget, a project timeline, and a project narrative. An additional $500 is allocated for artists who’ve been selected as finalists and reside outside of Maryland, DC or Virginia for travel to present models. The selection committee will review the designs, references will be checked and then (1) one finalist/team for the project will be recommended.


  • Call/RFQ Released: By 11/17/2017
  • Question submission deadline: By 12/1/2017
  • Responses to questions issued: By 12/8/2017
  • Submission Deadline for RFQ: By 12/31/2017
  • First Round Panel Review & Announcement: By 1/12/2018
  • Semi-finalists Notified and Announced: By 1/19/2018
  • Site Visit Tour with Semi-Finalists: 1/23/2018 11 am
    Note – artists from outside of the DC area are not expected to attend due to the modest travel stipend meant primarily for the
    panel presentation of your proposal- but we will email you photographs and a list of questions and answers during the site visit.
  • Site-Specific Proposals Due: By 2/16/2018
    Bring your models with you to avoid damage during shipping and to save shipping costs. You will take your models back with you. Email your CAD/illustrations two business days before the panel so we know what to expect.
  • Proposal Presentation: 2/20/2018 9am
  • Reference Checks: By 3/2/2018
  • Finalist Announced: By 3/9/2018
  • Contract Executed: By 3/31/2018
  • Final Design & Fabrication (3 months): Between 4/2018 and 7/2018
  • Installation Complete deadline: By 7/30/2018

Additional Resources:  FULL RFQ (PDF)

Contact Information for Questions:  SANDY.BELLAMY@DC.GOV

How to Submit
Submit the requested materials via email to SANDY.BELLAMY@DC.GOV  You can use Google file sharing or Dropbox for large files.


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